Excessive fatigue and sleep are two symptoms that are often seen in a person suffering from depression. If you have been suffering from a depressed mood and/or have not been taking joy in the activities that usually bring you happiness, then you may very well be suffering from depression. Other symptoms that are often seen in depression include weight loss
or weight gain, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, difficulty concentrating, and thoughts about hurthing oneself.
While depression is very common in the population, it is important to rule out other causes of your symptoms before commiting to a diagnosis of depression. Evaluation should start with a visit to your primary care doctor
, where a thorough medical history and physical exam can be performed. If indicated, lab tests to measure your blood counts (to rule out anemia
) and thyroid function can be performed as well. If a diagnosis of depression is made, then you and your doctor can talk about the different options that are available for treatment. With mental health counseling and very effective anti-depressant medications available, patients with depression can have a great response to treatment provided in the primary care setting.
If you have symptoms like these, or are at all concerned about your health, please seek out the guidance of your primary care physician.